State Advocacy for Medical Aid in Dying

Medical aid in dying is authorized in 11 jurisdictions: California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Hawai‘i, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.


2023 Legislative Highlights:


Thirty-two bills to authorize or improve medical aid in dying have been introduced in 18 states.


Twelve states have Introduced legislation to authorize medical aid in dying: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia.


Six states are considering legislation to improve or clarify existing medical aid-in-dying laws: Hawai‘i, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. We are primarily seeing the following types of improvements:

  • Allowing advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants to practice medical aid in dying (Hawai‘i & Washington).
  • Reducing the waiting period or allowing it to be waived (Hawai‘i, New Jersey and Vermont).
  • Eliminating the residency requirement (Oregon and Vermont).
  • Improving transparency (Washington).


Legislative Action Alerts



On Friday, March 10th, the Public Health Committee voted SB1076 favorably out of their committee with a 25-12 vote. The bill will sit for a brief period before being referred to the Judiciary Committee. 



On Tuesday, March 14 Compassion & Choices Action Network Nevada and the Nevada Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing for SB 239 The Nevada End of Life Options Act. This hearing was a bill presentation session and the next step is the committee working session vote before it heads to the Senate floor for a vote. 


New Mexico

On March 15, 2023, the House floor heard the Third Reading of SB 471 and it unanimously passed (66-0). The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Lujan Grisham (D) sometime in the next week. Once the bill is signed by the Governor, it will take effect immediately. 



On March 13, the House Health Care Committee voted 7 to 4 to approve HB 2279 (residency legislation). The bill now moves to the House floor for a vote, likely within the next week.



On March 10, the House Health Care Committee voted to approve Compassion & Choices Action Network’s improvement legislation SB 5179 by a vote of 10 to 7. It now heads to the Rules Committee, which will place it on the floor calendar for its final vote in the House.


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